Hello and welcome to my moth Blog. I now reside in a small village in East Cambridgeshire called Fordham. My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
Moth records are vital for building a picture of our ecosystem around us, as they really are the bottom of the food chain. They are an excellent early indicator of how healthy a habitat is. I openly encourage people to share their findings via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world. The reason I do it....you just never know what you might find when you open up that trap! I hope to show what different species inhabit Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden and also enjoy doing field trips to various localities over several different counties.
Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.
Thanks for looking and happy Mothing!


NFY = New Species For The Year
NFG = New Species For The Garden
NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Friday 29 July 2011

Chalk Carpet

Had a trip down to Grays Chalk Pit on Tuesday evening and Graham Bailey, Don Down and myself were rewarded with a single Chalk Carpet, a moth that was last seen at this locality back in 1984! naturally we were all chuffed
Other species of note included a single Festoon and a new Micro Moth Cryptoblabes bistriga

Grays Chalk Pit - 26/07/11

Macro Moths

1x Festoon [NEW!]

1x Oak Hook-tip

1x Pebble Hook-tip

1x Peach Blossom

4x Small Emerald

3x Least Carpet

20x Small Fan-footed Wave

1x Dwarf Cream Wave

1x Small Scallop

20x Riband Wave

1x Chalk Carpet [NEW!]

2x Shaded Broad-bar

1x Common Carpet

2x Yellow Shell

1x Phoenix

5x July Highflyer

1x Small Waved Umber

1x Fern

1x Slender Pug

1x Lime-speck Pug

2x Bordered Pug

3x Double-striped Pug

1x Yellow-barred Brindle

1x Clouded Border

4x Brimstone Moth

2x Canary-shouldered Thorn

1x Early Thorn

1x Scalloped Oak

2x Willow Beauty

1x Common White Wave

1x Common Wave

3x Iron Prominent

1x Lesser Swallow Prominent

1x Brown-tail

1x Black Arches

5x Dingy Footman

10x Scarce Footman

3x Common Footman

1x Pebble Prominent

1x Buff Footman

1x Common Lutestring

1x Rustic

1x Dark Sword-grass

2x Turnip Moth

8x Shuttle-shaped Dart

12x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

2x Double Square-spot

10x Clay

1x Knot Grass

4x Tree-lichen Beauty

1x Copper Underwing

1x Old Lady

1x Lesser-spotted Pinion

3x Dun-bar

2x Dark Arches

7x Cloaked Minor

2x Bulrush Wainscot

1x Nut-tree Tussock

2x Silver-Y

1x Snout

1x Fan-foot

Chalk Carpet


Micro Moths

1x Yponomeuta sp.

2x Argyresthia goedartella

1x Scythropia crataegella Hawthorn Moth

1x Ypsolopha scabrella

1x Batia unitella

2x Hofmannophila pseudospretella

2x Carcina quercana

1x Carpatolechia alburnella

1x Anacampsis blattariella

1x Brachmia blandella

2x Blastobasis adustella

1x Ditula angustiorana Red-barred Tortrix

1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana

2x Acleris forsskaleana

3x Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix

1x Apotomis betuletana

3x Eudemis profundana

1x Epinotia ramella

1x Epinotia nisella

1x Zeiraphera isertana

1x Epiblema trimaculana

1x Eucosma cana

5x Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer

1x Catoptria pinella

1x Scoparia subfusca

1x Eudonia pallida

1x Dipleurina lacustrata

1x Parapoynx stratiotata

1x Phlyctaenia coronata

3x Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl

5x Endotricha flammealis

1x Cryptoblabes bistriga [NEW!]

3x Trachycera advenella

3x Oncocera semirubella

5x Phycita roborella

Cryptoblabes bistriga

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